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A Lasting Fingerprint

By Lynda Thackerson

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.  Proverbs 7:2, 3

BudHe’s funny, thoughtful, and built like a well-oiled machine. He doesn’t demand respect but commands it. Take one look at him and you will understand why. Both in and out of uniform, he loyally serves both his country and his family. Boys Ranch Town is honored to call him one of our alumni. He is Bud Shock.

Bud was a resident at Boys Ranch Town from 1996 through 2000. When asked who the most influential person was during his stay at Boys Ranch Town, Bud answers without hesitation, “Everyone,” naming off houseparents, caseworkers, and support staff, one by one.  “These people really believed and cared about me and told me that I could do something with my life. They told me that I could make my own choices and I did not have to be like my parents.” Bud reports that Boys Ranch Town “gave me an example of what a family should be like. I was taught real family values and the importance of being there for your kids.”

Serving our country alongside Bud is his wife, Bobbie. Bud and Bobbie are blessed with a ten-month-old son named Cannon. “My job offers me the opportunities to plan ahead in the future for me and my family. “They both are committed to the active lifestyle that is expected from their jobs, including physical exercise and self discipline.

Bud recounts the lessons he learned during his four-year placement and how that has helped him while serving our country. “I learned about manners, integrity and humility. I learned about the importance of doing more for others than doing for yourself. Through watching the BRT staff members, I learned how important it is to work as a team to impact the lives of others in a positive way.”

“In my personal life, there is a big fingerprint of the Ranch all over it,” Bud admits. “People can be different from what they were raised around. You can learn lessons from other people’s mistakes. I don’t do drugs or alcohol. I saw my parents and said to myself, ‘I am not going to be like them.’ I was told by them that I wasn’t smart and I would never make it. I wanted to prove my family wrong.” Bud maintains with the positive reinforcement he received while at Boys Ranch Town, he has been able to become the man that he is today.

April, 2012

(Lynda Thackerson is a caseworker and the wife of Brent Thackerson, Administrator at Boys Ranch Town.)


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